Thatscricket- Cricket News - Chargesheet in Cronje case to take time

Published: Friday, January 5, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: The Delhi police was making efforts to send its teams to certain countries, including England and South Africa, in connection with the investigation into the match-fixing case it registered in April last year and the chargesheet against Hansie Cronje and others will take some time.Delhi Police Commissioner Ajai Raj Sharma told reporters that, ''We are trying to send teams to various countries in connection with the probe.''Asked about the reason for the delay he said the investigation was going through a tedious process as permission had to be granted for any inquiry abroad. The Indian part of the Crime Branch probe is completed and it is now awaiting response from the External Affairs ministry regarding the permission to visit the countries where investigation needs to be carried out.Delhi police had caused a sensation on April 7 last year when it unearthed the first match-fixing racket in India involving Hansie Cronje, his three team members and top bookies. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) K K Paul told UNI that the request for the permission is pending with the Foreign ministry for some time now and once permission was granted special teams would be sent to probe the matter abroad. About the chargesheet, he said, it could be filed only after the investigation was completed and the police was in possession of sufficient evidence to back their case. The Crime Branch is on the lookout for bookie and prime accused Sanjeev Chawla alias Sanjay who is hiding in England. Sanjay's passports have been impounded and the British government has been requested to deport the accused.The Delhi police had sent teams to Kochi, Mumbai, Vadodara and Nagpur to question a large number of people as part of the investigation. So far it has arrested three people - bookies Rajeev Kalara, Sunil Dara and ex-film actor and music baron Kishen Kumar.UNI

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